Galaxy's Most Wanted: 1 Paperback – Illustrated, 22 June 2015
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- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062231022
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062231024
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 1.27 x 19.56 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins - US; Illustrated edition (22 June 2015)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
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From the Back Cover
I am Min.
Kevin Brewer and his science camp buddies Warner, Tara, and TJ have just pulled off the experiment of a lifetime--they've summoned a real, live alien to Earth! But fluffy, four-eyed Mim hasn't come to Earth to play. He's here to hide.
A gang of interstellar predators is hot on Mim's trail--and they'll stop at nothing to capture him. But Kevin is not about to lose his greatest scientific accomplishment. Now Kevin and the gang must find a way to stop an alien invasion, save their new space pal, and kick those intergalactic enemies out of this world!
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The cartoonish illustrations are fun and really add to the story. That being said, at times they're significantly different from what is written in the text. I could give a lot of examples, but I'll just give a couple. On page 48 it says the alien (Mim) has "boneless, hairless arms." On the two-page spread, page 49 shows him with furry arms. A telepathy helmet is supposed to have a visor (page 104), but it's shown without it. There are other instances of this, so I'd just hope that in future books they try to match the two better.
As someone who doesn't like it when an individual book in a series doesn't have a full story arc, I'd say this one has a good standard story arc with a rising action and conclusion, with the conclusion still being an exciting setup for the next book in the series. That being said, whatever you do, don't read what the next book is about in the back of this book before you're finished (as I unfortunately did). It contains a major spoiler. I wouldn't have seen it coming and feel I missed out a little by looking ahead.
There are a lot of great elements; enough gross-out humor to keep kids ages 8-12 entertained, silly jokes, comic-style drawings, and a lot of fun hijinx. It's a little derivative in spots, but it's a kids' book, and I wouldn't subtract a star for that. From a parental standpoint, there are many good things to discuss with your kids: handling bullies, unfair situations, is winning everything, continuing to try even when you despair about the outcome, what do you do when an action to take to mean well turns out to have negative repercussions, and friendship.
But then the book turns out to be a cliffhanger. As a parent, I find this extremely annoying, because it means that my kid will be pestering me to buy the next in the series. I like the book and would definitely be more willing to do that if it wasn't essentially forced upon me. I'd be especially loathe to do that if the next book ALSO ended in a cliffhanger. My son has a really difficult time with uncertain events and will be asking me "what do you think happened" until the next book does get written.
It is about 3 boys and a girl who are at a STEM(Sci, Tech, Engineer, Math) camp and are competing in an Invention Convention. They want to win so, so bad. The winners get a spot at the International Science Competition in Hawaii. And so it all begins...together the 4 kids invent a contraption to contact aliens and summon them to come to earth. The call out to the aliens did not discriminate between good and bad aliens. So when the aliens actually came, and in a UFO, they didn't just bring peaceful aliens but crazy, evil ones as well.
My daughter and I took turns reading this out-loud together in the evenings and she never wanted to stop reading. The action taking place and the conversations in the book really kept her interest. It is 208 pages but larger font and illustrations make it a bit "shorter".
This is a cute book and if you have a science/technology lover like I do, they will enjoy this book.
"This book is unlike most books I've ever read because from the beginning I could tell it would be an exciting adventure with many mysteries and fun filled days. Other books most of the time start out as boring and are often annoying to most people because you basically have to wait 4 or 5 chapters to get exciting. This book was nothing like that at all for me. The details and descriptions made it full of adventure and excitement. I would call this a perfectionist's masterpiece. All the adventure and non-stop fun and danger made me not want to put the book down. And it's a cliffhanger, too. I'm dying to read the next book. It was absolutely amazing."
So yeah, adults and teens will love this funny adventure.